1- Three podcasts this week about digital minimalism / social media break / etc:
- Deep Questions: Ep #207, A Digital Minimalism Intervention
- The Best Today Podcast: One month off of social media, here’s one thing I learned
- Life Kit: How to know when you spend too much time online and need to log off
(Here was the BLP ep along these lines: Instagram & Social Media: Real Thoughts)
Oddly enough yesterday (which felt like a totally ‘off’ day for me, for unclear reasons — I was tired, I had finished my novel, existential angst), I did the most mindless scrolling I’ve done in a while. It felt terrible. I am not tempted to do it again.
2- ERRATUM/CORRECTION – when I shared the Hobonichi announcement, I speculated that the gridlines on the English Cousin would be 4 mm (same as the English A6). An astute reader pointed out that the website specifies the gridlines and colored pages will match that of the Japanese cousin. I’m happy about the colors but wish for a tiny bit more writing space!
3- BOOK REC:
The Bookshop description uses the phrase “immensely satisfying page-turner” and I wholeheartedly agree. I tore through this baby, and it’s not short! It would be an absolutely perfect title to bring on a beach vacation.
4- Speaking of vac – I am very much ready for ours, especially since our last attempt at a trip was foiled by COVID! On the downside, I am probably going to have to do some work, since I did not finish with a project that is due right when I get back. On the upside, this won’t be the end of the world. I will try to schedule in a few defined blocks during the kids’ screen time.
(We are headed to Amelia Island, with a strategic stop at Universal for some Harry Potter action, as well as Cape Canaveral for some space fun. This is the 3rd family trip we’ve taken to the area – we went in 2019, 2021, and now 2022!)
5- AND, speaking of screen time- OMG my (big) kids have been on a continuous screen binge ever since returning from sleepaway camp. Next year, we actually won’t have this issue as we have our big (and fairly long!) family trip planned starting just a few days after camp ends. I am not sure how I feel about it – slightly guilty, yes. But also maybe like it doesn’t matter and it was a nice easy way to end the summer! They did get their summer packets done though I did a terrible job enforcing reading for them. I really want to work on this in the fall – perhaps some sort of deal where screen time is only after reading occurs. I also NEED to get into a library hold list rhythm with them. Will work on it around back too school!
Off to run – 5 miles on the schedule today with ‘hill repeats’ which means going up and down the one bridge-like structure in our neighborhood.